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Posted on 25th June 2018 | GeneralNews

The Year 9 & Year 10 Pupils pictured with teachers Mrs C. Murray & Mrs C. Gordon

A team of Year 9 and Year 10 pupils from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt recently participated in the UK Final of the National Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial, organised by the Citizenship Foundation, and hosted in Birmingham’s Victoria Law Courts.

The competition gives pupils the opportunity to gain an understanding of the justice system and to develop a range of skills, including reasoning, constructing a legal argument and Oracy skills. The team took on the roles of barristers, witnesses, court staff, court artist and court reporter and competed against other regional winners from England, Wales and Scotland to prosecute and defend two cases. The team got to grips with the legal aspects of the challenging cases which had charges of possession of a knife in a public place and handling stolen goods, respectively. The team won high praise from the competition judges on the day and were delighted to be placed 6th overall in the UK.

The team are most appreciative of the generous sponsorship received from Collins Solicitors and John J. McNally Solictors, Magherafelt.